Knotmeter - March 20, 2014

Knotmeter - March 20, 2014

Financial Planning Survey & Town Hall Meeting
March 26, 19:00h

I would like to invite all members to attend a
Town Hall Meeting on March 26th at 7pm.

At this meeting we will provide an update on the status of the
Harbour Project, further discuss long term financial requirements necessary to maintain our facility, and how the club might
be able to accomplish these requirements.

  You have already received an e-mail letter from me, providing additional details of the issues that will be discussed.

A short online survey is now available here, and I encourage all members to spend a few minutes to fill it in and let us know what you think.  I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Chris Walmsley

Able Sail Fundraiser - Premiere of "The Transpac"
Thursday March 27, 2014 ~ 19:00hrs
Kingston Yacht Club 

Join us for a private screening of the sailing film The Transpac, silent auction and dessert tasting.

The Open 60 sailboat O Canada and her all Canadian crew, led by world-renowned sailor Richard Clarke, reunite to race in the Transpacific sailing race from Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. The Transpac covers approximately 2225 nautical miles and is famous for fast downwind sailing under spinnaker in the trade winds. 
With unprecedented coverage, you are taken on the adventure of a lifetime as every moment of their life onboard is caught on camera in this extremely intimate look at open ocean racing.

$15 at the Door
$10 Advance Tickets - online via Credit Card or Paypal account

Family Day - Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs!

Saturday, March 22, 15:00h

Come down to KYC for an afternoon of family fun on Saturday,  March 22nd. There will be ice skating from 3-4pm with warm drinks and snacks in the Clubhouse afterwards. After skating, we will feature a family movie on the projector screen in the outer bar area. 

The kitchen will be preparing family-sized plates of spaghetti and meatballs. You can order individually, or each family portion gets a large plate of spaghetti to serve, a half loaf of garlic bread and unlimited visits to the salad bar!

This is the perfect opportunity to bring guests and family members, and socialize with other adults, while your children have fun and meet new friends.  The whole family is welcome!

There is no need to RSVP, however we ask that you contact the office if you think you will be attending in order to help us plan better.

Single Dinner: $14.95
Family Portion: $39.95!

John Lowther Wins Winter Classic Frostbite Regatta

John Lowther won the Charleston Model Yacht Club four day Winter classic Frostbite regatta, with finishes of 1st  2nd 3rd and 4th over the four days, the regatta was sailed in very light shifty winds at James Island County Park in Charleston South Carolina, there were a total of 18 one meter Solings in the competition.

Way to go John!

KYC Scotch Night
Saturday, March 29

Kingston Yacht Club is pleased to announce KYC Scotch Night on Saturday March 29.  Scotch Night will feature a three course dinner, paired with three to four different single malts. Local scotch expert Sylvain Bouffard will lead the tasting along with KYC’s own Conrad Falkson and Doug Perkins.

$59.95 ++

Charcuterie and cheese plate, Scotch chicken liver pate with blackberry compote, balkan salami and 2 year old cheddar. 

Pairing: Highland Park 12.

Roasted prime rib with a scotch peppercorn jus, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and carrots in a whiskey, thyme and honey glaze. 
Pairing: Springbank 10.

Dark chocolate and espresso truffles.
Paring: Auchentoshan 12

Chocolate cups with a Glenfiddich 15 Solera and coffee or tea.

There will be limited registration, so register soon with James at . Stay tuned to the knotmeter for more details.

Ice Boating - Sailing Season Never Ends

Early on in the season we had a freeze and then a rapid melt that turned the lake in to a jagged wasteland. Many Ice Boaters were skeptical about being able to sail out from the club this year but here we are!

Check out this awesome YouTube video of a Ice Boat in action:

See the full album here 

Winter Food and Beverage Update

This week:
Tonight: Cream of Asparagus, Turkey, Prosciutto and Cheddar Panino, Maple Walnut Torte

Friday: Red Lentil Soup, Flatbread Pizza, Carrot Cake

Saturday: Family Style Spaghetti and Meatballs!

Sunday Brunch: Roasted Red Pepper and Bacon Omelette, Prosciutto, Spinach and Cheddar Quiche

Click here for the menu!

Calabogie Ski Day

Come join us at Calebogie Peaks for a day of hopefully spring skiing;

Date:             Friday, March 28th
Lift Hours:     09:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost:              Lift Tickets $20.00 p.p.

RSVP:            Brenda/Michael Charette

Upcoming Events at KYC
Mar 20 TGIF
Mar 22 Family Day @ The Club
Mar 23 Sunday Brunch
Mar 26 Town Hall Meeting - 7PM
Mar 27 Able Sail Fundraiser -"The Transpac" Premere - 7PM 
Mar 28 Calabogie Ski Day
Mar 29 Scotch Night
April 3 Speaker's Series - 7PM - Tristan Story - Rig Tuning
April 10 Speaker's Series - 7PM - Tristan Story - Sail Trimming
April 12 Race Officer Course (Level 1 morn) (Level 2 aft)
April 13 Race Officer Course (Level 2 cont'd)
For a complete list of upcoming events please

BYC - Women in Wind 
Spring 2014 Seminar - Racing, Cruising, Building Skills

April 12 - Britannia Yacht Club

Britannia Yacht Club has extended an invitiation to our Women and Wind group to join their spring seminar. Please click here for more information

Sailors' Handbook Advertising Opportunity

Looking for an affordable way to advertise to Club members?
We are currently accepting advertisers for our 2014 Sailors' Handbook. The deadline to submit ads is March 31. Anyone owning or working in a business/organisation that might be interested in advertising to KYC sailors should contact for details.

Sailors' Meetings 
The Sailors' Spring Meeting will be held upstairs on Tuesday April 15, starting at 7 pm. The Sailors' Handbook for 2014 will be presented and discussed at that time.

Ontario Sailing Race Officer Course (1 & 2) 

April 12 and 13th.
Location:  Kingston Yacht Club
Instructors:  Ross Cameron & Bill Visser
Level 1 (Assistant Race Officer) &  Level 2 (Club Race Officer)
Saturday morning:  Level 1 (no prerequisite)
Saturday afternoon and Sunday day long (Level 2)
For additional information, contact Ross Cameron:
To register:

Summer Jobs at KYC
KYC is a great place to work for the summer!
We are currently looking to fill the following positions:

1) Race Management Coordinator
2) Gas Dock Attendant

Full information can be found at:

Launch is Coming

You wouldn't beleive it but sailing season is right around the corner! 

We need some volunteers to help on both mast stepping and launch.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact 

We will hold a launch breakfast as well as some stew for lunch for the volunteers. Launch is April 26th - Masts April 27th. Many hands make light work!

Speaker's Series - Tristan Story - UK Sailmaking

We are delighted to welcome Tristan Story from UK Sailmaking  back to KYC for another series. Tristan has kindly agreed to present to us about

"Rig Tuning" on Thursday April 3rd and
"Sail Trimming" on Thursday April 10th. 

Both talks start at 7PM.

Women in Wind & KPSS Learning Events

In keeping with our mandate to enhance sailing skills, Women in Wind, in collaboration with the Canada Power Squadron, is once again sponsoring two learning events for KYC members this Winter.

SAIL:  March 26, April 2, 19, 23, 30, 2014 from 7:00 - 9:30 - Partridge Room.  This Sailing Course is for new and experienced sailors who want to increase their sailing knowledge and skills.  It covers the practical and theoretical basics of sailing and sailing seamanship.  The range of topics is broad:  from a description of different sailboat rigs, sail plans, hull types, and rigging to stability, balance, and the physics of sailing; from sailing at different points of sail to handling heavy weather and storm conditions; from spinnaker handling to reefing; from leaving the dock to mooring and anchoring.  It also covers sailing safety, navigation rules, and sailing tactics.  Cost:  $150.00.  Follow to the Canada Power Squadron website to register for this course.

KPSS - Other Courses
Kingston Power and Sail Squadron has released new course dates for this year. Please visit their website for details.

Volunteers Needed for Summer Regattas
KYC in cooperation with CORK, will be hosting the 29' er North American Championships just prior to the 29'er World Championships that will take place this summer .

The regatta will take place July 21- 24

In preparation for this here is a list of courses and seminars that we are planning:

  • First Aid with CPR
  • VHF Radio Operator with license
  • Race Officer course
  • Sail Wave Race Scoring seminar
  • On water Safety course with Skiff specific module June 14/15

If you are interested in learning new skills and are able to help out for these events please contact Paul Davis by email at

We also need volunteers for a Shark Regatta being held July 5th-6th.
Currently need on shore volunteers and race committee.
Please contact the office if you are interested.

Hours of Operation


The Gas Dock is now closed for the Winter.
For more information on other KYC events and programs please visit our website.